Potato Pumpkin Tart

Flakey butter pastry, with a creamy rosemary parmesan filling, layered with potato and kabocha pumpkin. This recipe can easily be altered to a quick version by substituting store bought puff pastry for the dough. The quality of the tart will not suffer, and it will trim three hours from the prep time. If time isn’t […]

Short Rib Chili

Fall apart tender short rib, poblano peppers, pinto, and red beans, stewed in a rich chili tomato sauce. It is finally starting to feel like fall here in Hawaii. There is a little chill in the air in the mornings and evenings. It’s still blazing hot in the middle of the day, but the temperature […]

Chicken Arancini

Crispy panko fried, boneless chicken legs, stuffed with creamy mushroom risotto, served with thyme chicken jus. I can, on occasion, get out of hand with my ideas and recipes. I feel like this was one of those occasions. This recipe is very labor-intensive and requires hours of work. Not to mention the patience and skill […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie Bars

Blonde brownie crust layered with vanilla cheesecake, spiced pumpkin pie, and pecan streusel. For the past couple of weeks, I have been thinking about using blonde brownies as a crust. Blondies are pretty neutrally flavored and can go with just about anything. I was really undecided about what to make until I discovered some leftover […]

Oxtail Wonton Soup

Scratch-made braised oxtail wontons, in a savory beef broth, with tender bok choy, slivered carrot, and fresh green onion. There is just something about wonton soup. The flavorful broth, tender noodles, and childhood memories! For me, it is total comfort food. For this recipe, the oxtails pull double duty. The liquid from braising the oxtails […]

Shrimp Cavatelli

Homemade cavatelli pasta, pumpkin ancho cream sauce, smoky garlic shrimp, and shaved manchego. Cavatelli is an Italian pasta made from eggless semolina dough. The dough is rolled into an oblong bun shape, often using a grooved board. The cavatelli for this dish is made with a mix of flour and semolina. I tried to keep […]

Pickled Peppers

Sweet green pasilla peppers in a spicy garlic pickle brine. The pasilla pepper plants I started this spring are loaded with peppers. Too loaded actually! There are so many that they aren’t growing to full size. I decided to harvest and pickle half the peppers so the plant can put its energy into the other […]

Lamb Chops with Parsnip Puree

Herb marinated double-cut lamb chops with creamy parsnip puree and a fig port reduction. For this dish, I partially deboned a rack of lamb to make thick-cut chops. I utilized the bones I removed to make a stock that fortified the finished sauce. I realize this is a lot of work! Not everyone is into […]

Spiced Apple Cake

Six layer spiced apple date cake with caramel and cream cheese frostings, garnished with toasted pecans and caramel candy apples. I look at a lot of food photos. Lately, I have been seeing these beautiful apple cakes with the whole caramel or candy apples on top. The photos are amazing and they make me want […]

Porchetta Sandwich

Crispy skin poblano garlic porchetta, over-easy egg, pickled red onions, butter lettuce, and cilantro lime mayo on a soft cornmeal bun. Porchetta sandwiches are, without a doubt, the best part of leftover porchetta. Flavorful roasted pork with little bits of crispy skin wrapped in a soft bun. I mean, what’s not to like? I made […]


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